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Planning Enforcement and Compliance Performance



We receive thousands of enquiries alleging that owners/occupiers are doing something without planning permission, or not complying with the terms of their planning permission. See our Enforcement Page.

We currently investigate every enquiry and most are resolved without having to resort to formal enforcement action. In 2014/2015 we received 1551 enquiries and resolved 1351. The chart below illustrates that over the last few years the total number of enquiries have continued to fall and the number of cases resolved increased to a point where the number of the cases resolved exceeded the number of enquiries received. During 2014/2015 there was a fall in the number of cases resolved and this was, in part, due to a number of officer positions not being filled. However, those positions have now been filled and it is anticipated that during 2015/2016 the number of enquiries resolved will again exceed the number of enquiries received.

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When an enquiry is resolved, there are a number of potential outcomes ranging from no action (e.g. no evidence of a breach or the works are permitted development and thus do not requiring planning permission) to formal enforcement action (e.g. serving of an enforcement notice or court prosecutions where legal notices have not been complied with). The following chart illustrates the outcomes of the enquiries resolved in 2014/2015

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Last Updated : 11th January 2016